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Jail for drug dealers after police raid finds them preparing heroin and crack cocaine for sale

PUBLISHED: 09:01 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 05 September 2017

David Howell

David Howell

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Duo had drugs with estimated street value of £3,500 in Rochester flat

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Two Medway drug dealers have been jailed after they were caught by police preparing heroin and crack cocaine for sale.

Martin Bell and David Howell had in their possession 350 wraps of Class A drugs when they were arrested in Rochester earlier this year.

Plain clothes officers had been on patrol in the town on July 1, when they visited the property of a known drug user in King Street. On entering the flat officers found Bell and Howell in a bedroom surrounded by drugs.

Cling film, scales and bladed instruments were also seized as evidence of the pair’s intention to prepare and supply heroin and crack cocaine.

The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £3,500 and in an investigation assisted by the police’s Operation Raptor team, (formerly Operation Jupiter) cash totalling £580 was also seized from the property. After being taken into custody both men later tested positive for also using crack cocaine and heroin.

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court Howell, 25, and formerly of Mays Lane, Barnet pleaded guilty to possessing both heroin and cocaine with intent to supply, as well as a charge of possessing cannabis. Bell, 22. and of no fixed address, also admitted charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. They were each sentenced to three years and two months in prison.

Detective inspector Kevin Downard said: “Operation Raptor is part of joint strategy between Kent Police and Essex Police designed to tackle emerging criminal gangs, whose members often travel from other areas of the country. This collaboration of resources will mean our response to deter criminals throughout the whole of Kent, often in connection with the sale and distribution of drugs, will be even more robust.”

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